Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Government and International Studies

Programme Director: Dr CHAN, Kenneth K L

BSocSc (Hons) in Government and International Studies provides a programme of study which is intended to give students a firm grasp of the different areas of political science. These cover political sociology (including political institutions, political culture and political behaviour), government and public policy-making, international relations and political economy, political theory and political thought, and political methodology. In geographical terms, the programme focuses on the politics of Hong Kong, Mainland China, and the Asia-Pacific region. The programme seeks to sharpen the student’s awareness by incorporating a systematic, comparative and international dimension, drawing both on the Global and China Studies and European Studies programmes.

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
II) Major Courses 57 units
III) Honours Project 6 units
IV) University Core Courses 13 units
V) General Education Courses 18 units
VI) Free Electives 30 units
    128 units


I. Social Sciences Common Core 4 units
  Core Course (1 unit)  
  SOSC1006 Invitation to Social Sciences 1 unit
  Experiential Learning in Action (3 units)  
  SOSC3005 Community and Civic Engagement 3 units
  SOSC3006 Global Outreach  3 units
II. Major Courses 57 units
  Major Required Courses (24 units)  
  POLS1005 Foundations of Political Science 3 units
  POLS2006 Introduction to Political Economy 3 units
  POLS2007 Introduction to Research Methods 3 units
  POLS2015 Government and Politics of Hong Kong 3 units
  POLS2017 Foundations of International Relations 3 units
  POLS2025 Foundations of Political Philosophy 3 units
  POLS3006 Statistical and Survey Methods for Political Science 3 units
  POLS3017 Government and Politics of China 3 units
  Major Elective Courses (33 units)  
  11 of the following courses: 
  EURO2007 The Political Economy of the European Union 3 units
  EURO2015 Model European Union 3 units
  EURO3205 Comparative Politics of Post-Communist Central Europe 3 units
  EURO4005 Current Issues of European Integration 3 units
  POLS2016 Social Movements and Contentious Politics 3 units
  POLS2205 European Politics and Society: French Political and Government System 3 units
  POLS2206 European Politics and Society: German Political Systems and Society 3 units
  POLS3206 Government and Politics of Japan 3 units
  POLS3225 Religion and Politics 3 units
  POLS3226 War and Peace 3 units
  POLS3227 Greater China: State and Society 3 units
  POLS3235 Comparative Democracies: The United Kingdom and The United States 3 units
  POLS3236 Gender and Politics 3 units
  POLS3237 Social and Political Developments in Contemporary China 3 units
  POLS3245 China and the World 3 units
  POLS4207 Comparative Public Administration 3 units
  POLS4225 Political Cultures and Economies in Transition 3 units
  POLS4226 Public Policy and Governance 3 units
  POLS4227 Security Studies 3 units
  POLS4236 Theories of International Relations 3 units
  POLS4237 Topics in Asian Politics 3 units
  POLS4245 Topics in Comparative and Global Politics 3 units
  POLS4246 Topics in European Politics 3 units
  POLS4247 Comparative Electoral and Party Politics 3 units
  POLS4255 Comparative Regionalism and Regionalization 3 units
  POLS4256 Comparative Authoritarianism and Democratization 3 units
  POLS4257 International and Global Justice 3 units
  POLS4265 Topics in Political Theory and Philosophy 3 units
III. Honours Project 6 units
  POLS4898 Honours Project 3 units
  POLS4899 Honours Project 3 units
IV. University Core Courses 13 units
V. General Education Courses 18 units
VI. Free Electives 30 units
    128 units
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